The positive impact of exercise and the pursuit of physical fitness has nearly immeasurable benefits on human health. Today we will look at studies that support the connection between exercise and our well-being. Among the more important findings are how exercise contributes to a robust immune system. During a pandemic – and clearly any time – this is a good thing. Exercise is one of the best habits you can ever develop. This has been shown repeatedly to be true through countless studies done over the course of decades. Exercise and physical activity are good for young and old alike. Older folks especially benefit greatly from even small amounts of activity. Follow the links below to find out more about the topic.
Physical exercise as a tool to help the immune system against COVID-19: an integrative review of the current literature
Regular exercise benefits immunity — even in isolation
How exercise in old age prevents the immune system from declining
Physical Exercise and Immune System in the Elderly: Implications and Importance in COVID-19 Pandemic Period
Aging Immunity and the Impact of Physical Exercise
Your physical well-being is not the only positive aspects of some form of exercise and activity. Exercise has been shown to be extremely helpful to mental health and well-being as well. From one study: Physical activity is a major health behavior strongly recommended for the prevention and treatment of several non‐communicable diseases. The behavior itself is multi‐faceted and may comprise less sitting, more light‐intensity activity, as well as traditional MVPA. The evidence concerning mental health effects is extensive, but still growing. Associations are clear, but more needs to be known about clinical effectiveness for some population groups and conditions, as well as on the underlying causal mechanisms responsible for what ancient societies have always been aware of, i.e., that “movement is good for you” and sloth is associated with poor mental and physical health.
Exercise and Mental Health
The relation of physical activity and exercise to mental health
Physical activity and mental health: evidence is growing
The association between physical fitness and mental health in Norwegian adolescents